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The Emerging Pacific Leaders’ Dialogue (EPLD) 2014

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN The third Emerging Pacific Leaders’ Dialogue (EPLD) is an intensive development program for future leaders scheduled to take place across the Pacific region over a continuous two-week period from 16 October 2014. This follows the … Continue reading

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Nauru rule of law case and the implication for the Pacific

by Bal Kama Australia’s blind eye while rule of law under siege in the Pacific The resignation of the Australian born Nauru Supreme Court Chief Justice Geoffrey Eames last week will go down as one of the most disappointing moments in … Continue reading

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Better protection for custom owners: Key changes in Vanuatu’s new land legislation

by Siobhan McDonnell Last Thursday marked the gazettal of historic land reform legislation in Vanuatu that will radically alter land dealings and provide improved protection of custom owners’ rights in customary land. The new laws consists of four key changes: … Continue reading

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Pacific History Association 21st Biennial Conference 2014

Dec 3rd,  National Taiwan University Campus – Taipei Dec 4th-6th, Taitung University – Taitung  Conference Website: http://pha2014.erenlai.com/index.php?lang=en The 21st biennial conference of the Pacific History Association (PHA) will take place in Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan, and Taitung, in the Austronesian-speaking indigenous area … Continue reading

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Review – Islands at risk? Environments, economies and contemporary change

Islands are back in vogue. It’s not that they ever disappeared but climate change in particular has brought islands to the fore of a global… Continue reading

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Call for papers AAPS 2014 conference Oceanscapes: cooperation across the Pacific. April 22-26, 2014. University of Sydney.

Through this interdisciplinary conference the Australian Association for Pacific Studies seeks to bring researchers across Oceanscapes to share their knowledge and experience; to benefit the peoples of the Pacific region, and to advance scholarship about the places between the better-known … Continue reading

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Julie Bishop ‘Australia-PNG: A partnership of equals’

Australia and Papua New Guinea enjoy a special relationship – one of mutual affection, shared history and shared geography. Today, as they have for more than two decades, ministers will meet at the Australia-PNG Ministerial Forum to build even … Continue reading

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What happens next in PNG’s land grab saga?

Five years have now passed since the alarm was first raised about the alienation of huge areas of customary land in Papua New Guinea through… Continue reading

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Professor Darrell Tryon Research Scholarship

Are you currently a PhD student? Are you interested in spending 3 months doing research in New Caledonia? The Professor Darrell Tryon Research Scholarship was established in 2013 to honour the memory and continue the academic legacy of Professor Darrell … Continue reading

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Seminar: The institutionalisation of ‘Kanak identity’ in the New Caledonian Customary Senate and Kanak customary law

Presented by: Rowena Dickins Morrison Where: ANU Centre for European Studies, 1 Liversidge St, Acton (Bld # 67c), The Australian National University When: 29 November 2013, 12.30 – 2.00pm Colonised by France in 1853, New Caledonia is currently engaged in a process of ‘decolonisation’, … Continue reading

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PNG’s rural decay: a personal perspective

The last decade in PNG’s socio-economic development has been claimed by many, including Prime Minister Peter O’Neil and me, to have been wasted, as the… Continue reading

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Navigating the potholes of infrastructure development in PNG

With the Rudd–O’Neill asylum deal likely to involve a ”realignment” of the Australian aid program toward new infrastructure spending in PNG, the mother of all… Continue reading

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Vale: Pam Zeplin

(left to right): Fijian artists Daren Kamali, Josie Crick and the late Pamela Zeplin at the 2012 Festival of Pacific Arts, Honiara. I have just received the very sad news that Dr. Pamela Zeplin, Senior Lecturer, School of Art, Architecture … Continue reading

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Investigating Monumentality in Melanesia

“During the months of May and June, Dr Stuart Bedford began preliminary fieldwork relating to his new ARC funded project Investigating monumentality in Melanesia: the archaeology of ritual architecture on the islands of Malakula, Vanuatu. Prior to the fieldwork archival … Continue reading

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Call for Papers – OCEANSCAPES: cooperation across the Pacific (AAPS Biennial Conference, 22-26 April 2014, Sydney)

“The Pacific Ocean covers one-third of the earth’s surface and contains thousands of islands. Yet, as Epeli Hau’ofa’s seminal paper about the ‘Sea of Islands’ shows, oceans are not a barrier, but highways to contact. This conference employs the concept … Continue reading

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